Gov’t clears over GHC285m School Feeding debt

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The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisah Djaba, has disclosed that all indebtedness to caterers under the Ghana School Feeding Programme from 2015 to the end of 2017 totaling GHC285, 304,109.00 has been settled.

Speaking at the Meet- the- Press series in Accra Tuesday, the Minister said her Ministry was able to achieve most of its set objectives for the year 2017.
The former caterers have on several occasions embarked on demonstrations to demand for the full payment of arrears owed them by government for services rendered in 2015 to 2017 academic year after their contracts ended in July 2017.

The sector minister was emphatic that all the arrears owed the caterers have been settled.

Madam Djaba stated her Ministry in 2017 conducted all the six (6) bi-monthly nationwide LEAP payments to extreme poor households and that more than 213,064 extreme poor households in 6,594 communities nationwide are currently benefiting from LEAP.

"The Social Protection Directorate was able to re-launch the Social Protection Inter-Sectorial Technical Committee and Registration of Prison inmates onto the National Health Insurance Scheme, validate the SP Implementation Plan, develop a draft Monitoring and Evaluation Framework that is earmarked for completion this year and the launching of the ‘Helpline of Hope’ call center which comprises a Unified Case Management System providing a single platform for citizens to log and monitor grievances, as well as to disseminate relevant information on behalf of the major SP programs.”

Madam Djaba said the measures put in place by the Ministry  will address the growth of the vulnerable in societies in terms of their socio-economic development. She observed that there are several policies in Ghana but the implementation of those policies becomes a challenge," she stated.

The minister said the development of the Children’s Act, Gender Policy, Social Protection Policy will not be enough if they are not meaningful to the lives of these vulnerable people.

She, therefore, charged Ghanaians to ensure that social protection becomes a tool for formalizing the informal sector where poorest and vulnerable people are as well as a tool for addressing the progress of rural development.

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